Prevention

Waste prevention is the most sustainable form of waste management, it sits at the top of the waste hierarchy as it negates the need for raw materials and manufacturing processes which produce greenhouse gases. It can also save local authorities money by reducing waste collection, treatment and disposal costs.

Would you like to introduce or improve waste prevention initiatives in your area but you’re not sure where to start or which would be the most valuable? Do you need to build a business case which demonstrates the value of certain waste prevention initiatives as a result of a limited budget and competing priorities? Do you have limited time and resource to invest in deciding where to focus your efforts to get the most from your budget? Are you considering developing a Waste Prevention Plan as part of a review of your Waste Strategy?

We have developed an ‘off the shelf’ model called the Business Case for Waste Prevention Toolkit which allows you to answer these questions, identifying which waste prevention initiatives are right for your context and what the corresponding financial and environmental benefits are likely to be.

The Toolkit lets you compare a variety of waste prevention initiatives including:

  •  Home composting
  •  No junk mail
  • Reusable nappies
  • Love Food / Hate Waste
  • Paint reuse
  • Community swap days
  • Reducing the size of residual waste containers
  • No side waste policies
  • General communications
  • Zero waste challenges
  • Managing bulky waste at the Kerbside
  • Managing Bulky Waste at Household Waste & Recycling Centres.

The Toolkit is backed up by our in-depth understanding of the impacts of waste prevention in different local authority situations thanks to our on-the-ground experience and the independent and client research we’ve carried out including the Waste Prevention Wish List and our Clean Sweep Report.

The implementation of a robust waste prevention plan can increase recycling rates without the need for district-wide service change and can refresh a waste management strategy where more ambitious recycling targets have been set.

Contact one of our team if you would like to discuss developing a waste prevention strategy, plan or independent initiatives, or if you would like to better understand the business case behind waste prevention.